Rally & Press Conference: ICE Threatens to Separate Wisconsin Survivor of Domestic Violence from Her Kids
Who: María Portgual, families under threat of separation by ICE, Voces de la Frontera, Dane Sanctuary Coalition, Latino Consortium for Action, supporters
When: Tuesday, July 24th, 5pm
Where: Madison Christian Community, 7118 Old Sauk Rd, Madison, WI 53717
MADISON, WISCONSIN — On Tuesday, Voces de la Frontera will hold a press conference with María Portugal, a Wisconsin mother and survivor of domestic violence who is bravely speaking out against threats by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to separate her from her five children if her estranged husband does not turn himself in to ICE.
On July 9th, María’s lawyer informed her that ICE had called him threatening to detain her for deportation if her estranged husband did not turn himself in to ICE. Maria and her husband have been separated for over a year. ICE threatened María despite the fact that she has a three-year-old open application for a U Visa, which is intended to protect victims of crime from deportation after they come forward to work with law enforcement. She has lived in Wisconsin for over 20 years.
On Tuesday, Voces de la Frontera will hold a press conference in Madison with allied organizations and other Wisconsin families facing separation by ICE to stand in solidarity with María and her children. One of the speakers will be Alysha Ferreyra, a Waukesha mother-of-3 whose ex-husband, Franco Ferreyra, has been detained by ICE since June, despite qualifying for DACA.